Last Week in Brisbane

I’ve neglected taking too many photos this week so I will keep it short and sweet! Having only arrived home the day before, on Saturday we headed out of the city a little for an afternoon of Horse Riding that Erin had arranged for us before we left the UK. It was a nice couple of hours riding through the Farmland local to the stables and, aside from our aches and pains from Kayaking in Byron Bay last week, great fun!

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Peter
A Ginger Down Under

Gold Coast Road Trip!!

Jucy El Cheapo Camper
Our Jucy El Cheapo Camper for the week!

Road Trip!

Monday morning we made our way back towards the airport to pick up our Jucy El Cheapo Camper, which we had booked for the week, for a road-trip to the Gold Coast. Albeit very modest and only costing $20 (£10) a day, we were quite impressed with our little van and began to head South towards the Tambourine Mountains.

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Peter
A Ginger Down Under

Brisbane, Beaches and Koalas!

Brisbane from South BankSo we’ve landed!

We are in Australia, a lot of planning and time later and we are finally on Australian soil. We arrived at Brisbane a bit early and were held on the plane as Australian immigration and customs hadn’t even opened yet, a gentle reminder that it was now 5am, we had lost two hours of potential sleep inflight and neither of us had managed an amount of shut eye that would make up function correctly. Luckily though Erin, a friend of Nicola, had offered to pick us up. The half hour we had made up in-flight and the ease of which we grabbed our bags and breezed through immigration and customs, probably due to the fact our flight was the only one to have touched down thus far, meant that we had enough time for a cup of tea and to phone/skype home at one of the airport cafes.

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Peter
A Ginger Down Under

Bali Part 3: A relaxing end to our stay!

Steps lead down down from the top of these cliffs to the private beach!
Steps lead down down from the top of these cliffs to the private beach!

We had a bit of a drive south to our next hotel and the transfer driver suggested we stop to have a look at a coffee and tea plantation halfway down to break up the journey. The family run plantation had a small area to demonstrate the growing and manufacturing processes they undertook and gave you a free tour with the chance to try a couple of their home grown coffee and teas before visiting the shop on the way out. It was only a brief, 15 minute, tour but broke up the drive and gave an insight to the traditional methods which the Balinese, as avid coffee drinkers, undertook.

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Peter
A Ginger Down Under

Bali Part 2: Elephants!

Elephant placing a ring of flowers over our heads.
Elephant placing a ring of flowers over our heads.

After the 30 minute drive into the provinces surrounding Ubud we arrived at the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge in the village of Taro. It was a great little journey past a part of Bali which is very much, at heart, still traditional Balinese. We arrived a little early to check into our room but were given our itinerary which would allow us access into the park.

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Peter
A Ginger Down Under

Bali Part 1: A Luxury Retreat

Surprisingly the Malaysian 777 we flew to Bali in was a much comfier aircraft and if it wasn’t for it being a much older aircraft, the delays and the slightly unwarranted hype about Malaysian Airways last year, which lead to an impending sense of doom for most of the flight, I would say it was a pleasant 3 or so hours to Denpasar. Read More

Peter
A Ginger Down Under

Kuala Lumpur

Heathrow is Heathrow and Terminal 4 gave us what you expect when traveling from Heathrow; albeit with a lack of places to buy new converses (mine had given up the ghost whilst packing). We boarded our Etihad A380 without a hitch and enjoyed a relaxing 6 and a half hours to Abu Dhabi. Having arrived slightly late to Abu Dhabi and with a 45 minute transit; we were prepared for the mad dash across the airport to make our next flight. Luckily however we were apprehended by airport staff, rounded up alongside the 30 or so Kuala Lumpur bound passengers, power walked through the airport and pushed through priority security. Given the fact the two of us had stuck behind the airport staff like glue, we were among the small group of passengers who seemed to actually make it to the gate. Read More

Peter
A Ginger Down Under